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Henry Dennery NYC Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife

Henry Dennery NYC Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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This 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz. total weight, master butter knife is of a from that dates either side of 1840. It has a hollow handle, usually filled with gutta percha or some sort of resin, with a solid coin silver blade.

Produced by numerous makers, such pieces appear in a variety of unnamed patterns. The one on this particular item features a scroll design that resembles Whiting's later Louis XV and Gorham's Strasbourg.

The handle front is engraved "Anthony" in script.

The blade is blunt end with a narrowed, shaped and beveled, shank where it joins the handle.

The backside of the blade is stamped with an "H.D" and three part "bust, lion, F" hallmark which McGrew in his Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver, citing Currier, attributes to William Forbes, NYC.

McGrew references the Darling Foundation New York State Silversmiths in assigning the "H.D" to Henry Dennery, NYC. He offers Henry David, Henry Dodes and Henry Douglass, all also NYC, as alternative possibilities.

In very fine condition, this shows few signs of use. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or surface wear. The blade fits snugly with the handle, which itself is without the splits or dents that commonly beset this sort of piece. There are light surface flecks which are nearly de rigueur on this type of piece.

Note: a number of similar other period coin silver hollow handle items also available.

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